Pilot Grove senior Regan Meisenheimer had his game face on Tuesday night on the road against the Green Ridge Tigers.
While picking up the victory on the mound against Green Ridge, Meisenheimer struck out nine batters and gave up just one hit and one walk in a 13-0 thrashing.
The Tigers, improving to 4-3 on the season, also out-hit Green Ridge 13-1 and led 1-0 after one, 5-0 after three and 11-0 after four before adding two more runs in the fifth to win by the mercy rule.
“We finally got everybody clicking at the same time although it took us a few innings to get going,” said Pilot Grove co-coach Landon Daniel. “In those early innings we were putting the In those early innings we were putting the ball in play but seemed to be going right at guys. We eventually started hitting some holes and Green Ridge started to make some mistakes that we took advantage of. Grant Vollrath had a good night at the plate in the leadoff spot, going 3 for 3 and Brady Rentel did a great job of getting guys in when they were on base with 4 RBIs for the night. As well as we were hitting the ball, Regan Meisenheimer was doing equally well on the mound with a one-hit, 5-inning game with nine strikeouts. We hope to keep getting better and keep rolling with three more games this week. All but two players in the varsity game had hits tonight. Meisenheimer did a good job on the mound, too.”
Ryan Dove took the loss for Green Ridge by giving up 11 runs on 11 hits and one walk in four innings. Dove also struck out two batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Pilot Grove, Grant Vollrath went 3-for-3 with two singles, one double and one RBI.
Brady Rentel was 2-for-4 with two singles and four RBIs while Isaac Lorenz added two singles and three RBIs, Jacob Twenter two singles and one RBI, Austin Kollmeyer also with two singles, Ben Glenn with one triple and Jared Schupp with one single.
Eric Ray had the only hit in the game for Green Ridge, being a single.
In the JV game, Green Ridge defeated Pilot Grove 4-3 in three innings.
Austin Kollmeyer and Jacob Twenter handled the pitching duties for Pilot Grove while Donnavan Gerke had the only hit for the Tigers.